Buckeyes stop UI in league opener

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois'' road to the Big Ten baseball title hit a bump on the first trip.

Eric Eymann went 2 for 4 and Chris Robinson homered, but the Illini lost 5-1 against Ohio State on Friday.

Assembly Hall setup floors coaches, athletes

CHAMPAIGN – When Miles Avery walked into the Assembly Hall on Wednesday afternoon, his jaw dropped to the floor.

"I was blown away," the Ohio State men''s gymnastics coach said. "The place looked awesome."

Coaches pulling for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – You will see packs of men in town today wearing different colored jackets and assorted lettering. Do not be alarmed. They are football coaches.

Each April, 1,500 or so descend on C-U for the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association clinic. The three-day event is hosted by Illinois coach Ron Turner and his staff.

Illinois coach has come a long way – but he''s been a success every step

CHAMPAIGN – His life''s work is a sport defined by its acrobatic twists and turns. Appropriate, perhaps, given the sudden and unexpected change of direction Yoshi Hayasaki''s own life took in 1965.

If not for the fortunate intersection that year of an American coach on sabbatical in Tokyo and the emergence of a talented, young Japanese gymnast, Hayasaki likely still would be living in his Far East homeland.

Underdog or not, Illini ready to go

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois'' men''s gymnastics team is ranked No. 1 heading into this weekend''s NCAA Championships at the Assembly Hall, but that doesn''t mean the Illini feel the pressure of being expected to come out No. 1.

They have Oklahoma to thank for that.

Veteran, Illini teammates aiming for a Big Ten title

URBANA – It is appropriate that Lindsay Hamma finds herself No. 1 on Illinois'' list of career and single-season hitters in softball.

Hamma was No. 1 even before she put on the UI uniform. The shortstop from Buffalo Grove was the first player to commit to the Illini when they started offering athletic scholarships in softball in 2000.

Top of the heap

The top three individuals in each event, as ranked by their National Qualifying Average, a formula that incorporates regular season and conference meet scores:

Tate: Joking aside, Illini feeling confident

We elders spend too much time fretting about the past.

Youth thinks only about what''s next – you know, the next date, the next game, the next assignment.

Put me on their side. Give me that perspective.

Oregon resolution leaves potential series against Illinois up in the air

Bruce Weber already was struggling to line up a basketball game next season in Chicago.

Now Chief Illiniwek might make it even tougher.

Conroy saves UI day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Illinois enters Big Ten baseball play with momentum.

The Illini, in their final tuneup, held on to beat host Indiana State 6-5 on Tuesday. It was their second win in a row after a three-game losing streak.